PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Lawsuits filed by a Portland woman against a restaurant claiming she was kicked out because of her race were dismissed.
Kathleen Hampton sued Enzo’s Caffe Italiano for $100,000 and an apology. The lawsuits were dismissed with prejudice, meaning an identical lawsuit can not be filed again later.
It is unclear if Hampton got any money, but it does not appear she got an apology.The incident
Hampton and her husband, Percy, made reservations at Enzo’s Caffe Italiano for Valentine’s Day. When her husband said he didn’t feel like going to dinner, Hampton decided she would go by herself.
The restaurant was packed — and serving up a five-course meal in celebration of the holiday. Hampton said after being seated by herself at a table for two, no one ever came by to take her order.
“I finally said I was ready to order, she told me that she was not taking my order and I had to leave and give up my table,” Hampton said in her lawsuit.
But to Hampton, the situation wasn’t about romance and a table for two — she said, it was about race.
“I didn’t fit their decor in there,” Hampton said. “I was the only African American.”
But restaurant owner Enzo Lanzadoro vigorously disputes her claims.
“I’m Italian,” Lanzadoro said. “We have a Mexican, a Vietnamese working.”
Lanzadoro said he employs and serves customers of all races at his restaurant. He explained the restaurant was expecting a party of two that night, and when Hampton’s husband didn’t arrive, staff tried to reaccommodate her.
“The waiter came over, I’m so sorry, it’s a busy night, we need to move you to the bar because we need the other chair,” Lanzadoro said. “It’s Valentine’s night.”